Fiori del Giardino, Fashion 4 Development, and The Truth About Horses

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Jane Seymour hosted a lunch at the Polo Bar for fellow actress Christy Cashman’s debut novel The Truth About Horses.

Photographer Paulette Tavormina opened her latest exhibition, Fiori del Giardino, with a party in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District at the Winston Wächter Fine Art gallery. Paulette creates still life photographs in the style of Golden Age Dutch old masters. She’s inspired by techniques such as Adriaen Coorte’s attention to the positioning of objects, Giovanna Garzoni’s compositions and color palette, and Zurbarán’s attention to lighting. To create her images, Paulette often works against the clock with freshly picked flowers and fruit from her garden.

Paulette Tavormina, Blue Hydrangeas & Yellow Canaries, 2022.

Paulette Tavormina, Dutch Tulips and Goldfish, 2021.

Guests gathered to see the striking images and toast the artist. Paulette was joined by her husband, Paul Pfeiffer, and the gallery’s co-owner Christine Wächter-Campbell, director Madeline Cornell, as well as Jeffrey Caik, Fran Degni, Gigi Fava, Wendy Fogel, Sigi Jaeckel, Amy Jaffe, Michele Gerber Klein, Kevin Kelly, Justin King, Jerry Leiner, William Maier, Val Paverd, August Pross, Tori Ratty, Gillian and Jim Reynolds, Jane Sherman, Harriet Walley, and many more.

On December 16, Paulette will be joined by Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Specialist David Pollack, Photo Historian Gail Buckland, and Winston Wächter Fine Art Director Madeline Cornell for a conversation about Modern Still Life Photography: A Tribute to the Old Masters. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, Fiori del Giardino, will run until January 6, 2024.

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Christine Wachter-Campell, Paul Pfeiffer, Paulette Tavormina, and Bill Campbell.
Emily Miraglin, Madeline Cornell, Christine Wachter-Campbell, and Sydney Greven.
L. to r.: Michele Gerber Klein; Emily Webb and Christian Albrecht; Jeweile Anderson.
Lucas Birne, Pat Nadeau, Madeleine Hamilton, Emilia Sasso 4W3B0326
Paul Pfeiffer, Paulette Tavormina, Samira Frias, Myles Tate
L. to r.: Gilian and Jim Reynolds; Jane Sherman and Jerry Leiner.
Stephanie Taormina and Allegra Taormina.
Yoojin Shin, Anja Olsen, and Kimberly Ha.
Berk Uzman and Sarah Jane Baker.

Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham, and Francine LeFrak are among the previous honorees at Evie Evangelou’s Fashion 4 Development’s (F4D) First Lady Luncheon, which supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. South African designer Thebe Magugu presented his collection and received the Franca Sozzani Award, named after the late Italian Vogue editor. The CEO of Hugo Boss, Daniel Grieder, was also honored. New York State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright presented Jean Shafiroff with the International Philanthropy Award.

The luncheon, celebrating its 11th year, was co-hosted by Princess Corrina zu Sayn-Wittgenstein of Denmark and Germany. Over the years, the event has also welcomed Queen Rania of Jordan and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. This year’s guests included designer June Ambrose, who has dressed both Jay-Z and Missy Elliott, “Twin Peaks” star Amy Shiels, philanthropist Laine Siklos, hat designers Rachel Trevor and Dr. Ines Hernandez, couturier Stewart Parvin, celebrity hairdresser and WEN products founder Chaz Dean, fashion influencer Sofie Mahlkvist, attorney Daniel Stock, and Senator Frank Lautenberg’s widow, artist, and photographer Bonnie Lautenberg. Everyone enjoyed Queen Elizabeth’s favorite bread-and-butter pudding, whipped up by her private chef, Anton Mosima.

L. to r.: Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein; Thebe Magugu.
María De Lourdes Alcivar De Lasso (Ecaudor), Verónica Alcocer García (Colombia), Leticia Ocampos (Paraguay), Evie Evangelou, Débora Katisa Carvalho (Cape Verde), Tamara Vučić (Serbia), and Michelle Muscat (Former First Lady of Malta).
L. to r.: Ines Hernandez and Dr. Ramon Tallaj; H.E. Mr. Lazarus Chakwera and First Lady Monica Chakwera.
Joyce Jeha, Kathy Hillelson, Jean Shafiroff, Susan Amini, and Monica Elias.
L. to r.: Adrien Lesser, R. Couri Hay, and Skye Ostreicher; Nadja Sayej.
Sergio Nicolosi and Afsaneh Akhtari.
L. to r.: June Ambrose; Dr. Inez Hernandez and Chaz Dean.

The next evening Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera was honored with the 2023 Gender Champion Award by the Human Kind Institute (HKI) at the F4D dinner. This F4D Sustainable Goals Banquet, which was themed “Healthier People, Healthier Planet,” also honored Dr. Ramon Tallaj, the founder of SOMOS Community Care, with the Public Health and Community Service Human Kind Award for his work providing health care to the underserved communities in NYC.

Mayor Eric Adams received the HKI 2023 Impact through Food Award. After accepting his award, he congratulated his friend Dr. Tallaj for his devotion to the one million New Yorkers he helps each year. Dr. Tallaj said, “let us create a timeless style of healthcare that prioritizes the health and dignity of every individual, leaving a lasting impact on communities worldwide.”

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Clockwise from top left: Sofie Mahlkvist and Dr. Ariel Ostad; Kate McGuire; Eric Adams and Evie Evangelou.

Jane Seymour, who is currently starring in the TV series “Harry Wild,” hosted a lunch at the Polo Bar for fellow actress Christy Cashman’s debut novel “The Truth About Horses.” The critically acclaimed book tells the triumphant story of a young woman facing life’s unexpected challenges, devastating losses, and searching for her place in the world. Christy and Jane, who are both lifelong equestrians, bonded over their mutual love for horses at Cashman’s castle, Kilkea Castle in Ireland.

The party started with a snafu when the guests, including actress Cornelia Guest and Sharon Bush, whose extended family includes The Polo Bar’s owner, Ralph Lauren, were locked out of the restaurant for fifteen minutes, as the Bar’s staff wasn’t prepared to let them in until 1:30 on the dot, when the hotspot, which normally doesn’t serve lunch, was set to open for the private party.

Over killer pop overs, crab cakes, branzino, and chocolate cake, Seymour told the revelers that she had signed on to co-produce Cashman’s novel into a movie and that “there just might be a role for me in it.”

After lunch, Seymour dashed downtown, where she joined new love, rocker John Zambetti, to sing with him during his set at Parkside Lounge. The actress told pals, “The relationship is serious and I’m very happy.” When asked if a walk down the aisle could be in her future, she laughed and said, “I’m not sure aisles are important anymore.”

L. to r.: Christy Cashman and Jane Seymour; Isabelle Bscher.
L. to r.: Sharon Bush and Bob Murray; Cornelia Guest and R. Couri Hay.
Nadja Sayej and Shannon Pastuszak.
L. to r.: Julia Haart; Laine Siklos and Adrien Lesser.
L. to r.: Ellen Golbranson and Tracy Lambert-Egan; Carly Tagen-Dye.
Nola Ojomu and Laurie Barry.

Photographs by PMC (Fashion 4 Development & The Truth About Horses).

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